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PADI Speciality - Dive Against Debris

Minimum Age



1 Day OR 2 Evenings

About the Course

Do you want to make a difference on every dive but are not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist by taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty. You'll learn to complete Dive Against Debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional and help keep you your local dive sites healthier by removing rubbish.

Pay the ocean forward by helping clean it up on your next dive. Learn about the problems of marine debris, conducting Dive Against Debris surveys, and how divers are a part of the solution to keeping our oceans clean.

We'll begin with some theory learning about different types of marine debris, setting up surveys and recording. During your one open water dive, you will conduct a Dive Against Debris survey, including weighing, sorting, recording, disposing and reporting your marine debris to the PADI AWARE Foundation.

Why take this course

Learn how you can make a difference as an ocean advocate

Use survey techniques, collect and record debris

Help save our planet and do your bit to remove rubbish; helping protect all life that use our waters

Develop a plan you can take home to your local dive site or beach

What you'll learn

Complete underwater debris surveys

Identify debris that is negative for the underwater environment (because not all is!)

How to safely collect debris suing mesh bags

Observe lift bags being used for larger debris

How you can play your part as an ocean advocate

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old. Due to our location and sites used we cannot currently enrol anyone under this age onto most of our courses. Please speak to us about alternative options for younger divers.

Course prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver (or higher) or equivalent from another recognised agency (please speak to us before booking)

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

Any specialist equipment used will be provided as part of the course.

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

Why not perfect your buoyancy on the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course; this really helps when doing surveys and collecting marine debris.

Want to go further? - why not complete the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course where we'll focus on using search patterns and lift bags

Get credit! The dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.

Every specialty certification you complete brings you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

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